The Kindness Wrap

The Kindness Wrap
The Kindness Wrap

Previously known last week as Unnamed Pattern #1, I decided that The Kindness Wrap was a much better choice.  I am continuing my theme of being kind towards others.  It’s a tough world we live in and kindness will go a long way towards making it better.

This is a fun and easy pattern with an unusual shape.  Starting with three double crochets, the pattern grows on one side before becoming a rectangle that lays across the back.  To finish this wrap the double crochets are decreased until you reach the final point.

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Combining Individual Talents to Create a True Family Project

Mom's bag
The finished family project just in time for spring.

Everyone in my immediate family has their own creative talents.  Some of these talents overlap since Mom and I both crochet while I spin some of the yarn Mom likes to use in her knitting.  My Dad takes over the mechanical aspect of things when hardware is involved like adding grommets to the sock yarn bags my Mom sews.  Sometimes all three of us collaborate to create a true family project like the one I am showcasing today.  This one became even more multigenerational as you will see below.

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Future Spring Pattern Releases

I have several pattern releases planned, but writing them down is the biggest challenge for me.  It’s all clear in my mind.  But unless you are in my brain, you would have no idea how I did what I did.  I can’t even help myself since my notes are all over the place.  However, writing patterns is a new adventure for me and I enjoy learning.  Eventually, I will get myself organized and writing patterns will become second nature.

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WIP Tuesday – A Frogging We Will Go

So it begins...
So it begins…

Today’s post is about giving it up, starting over, and trying to move on.*  No, sillies, it’s not “personal”.  It’s about frogging a project that just doesn’t seem to be working out for you.  Whether it’s the yarn, the pattern, the combination of the two, or something else that makes you strongly dislike a project, sometimes you just have to “let it go”. (cue the characters from “Frozen”)

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Beginner Crochet Series – Learning How to Do the Slip Knot

Today we are finally going to start getting our hands dirty.  Okay, so it’s not that exciting in the grand scheme of crochet.  But it is important nevertheless.  We are going to be learning how to do the slip knot.

The slip knot is the absolute first thing that your hook will do for most of your crochet projects.  It is the yarn’s anchor so the whole thing doesn’t unravel.  It is the starting point.  Having said that, once it has been created, crocheters tend to forget about it since it’s not counted as a chain stitch.

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Adapting a Pattern to Suit Your Needs

Feather and Fan Shawl Adaption
Adapting the Feather and Fan Shawl into a cowl

There are many times that adapting a pattern to suit your needs is something that you have to do.  Whether you don’t have enough yarn or you need to adjust the size, the pattern as it is written may need some tweaking.  In this situation you need to step out of your comfort zone and do a little math with some trial and error before you get the result you want.

Sometimes you may need to scrap the pattern altogether and find another project for your yarn.  I’ve been known to put my yarn aside for quite a while as I wait for the right pattern to come along.

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Happy Pi Day Everyone!

Happy Pi Day
Happy Pi Day!
Image courtesy of Dreamstime Stock Photos

Today is the 30th anniversary of Pi Day where we celebrate π (aka: Pi) or the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle.  What?  Not relevant to crochet, you say?  How many patterns have you done in the round, dear readers?  Yesterday’s shawl pattern started with a circle of twelve double crochets in a chain 3 space.  Some granny squares start off as circles. The bottom of round bags and baskets usually start as circles.  We may not need to calculate Pi in our daily crochet lives, but we do use math to figure out a repeat, increase, or decrease.

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WIP Tuesday – Crochet Tea Cakes Shawl

Tea Cakes Shawl
Close up of the stitch work on the Tea Cakes Shawl

Today’s WIP Tuesday project is the Tea Cakes Shawl designed by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd.  I have a confession.  This pattern really confused me at first.  It drove me bonkers!  I almost gave up.  Grasping the concept was almost beyond my comprehension.  Or so I thought.  Then I realized I was reading between the lines and making it harder than it actually was.  Do the pattern just as it is written, silly.  (*face palm)  Duh!

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Revisiting the Seraphina Shawl Pattern by Doni

Seraphina Shawl
Stitch detail of the Seraphina Shawl by Doni

Several years ago I wrote a blog post about the “Seraphina Shawl” by Doni.  This is my all time favorite shawl pattern.  At least six of these fantastic shawls have passed through my hooks with one or two still waiting to be finished.

If you look on the Seraphina Shawl’s Ravelry page, you will see that it is quite popular with over 1600 projects.  I’m not the only person who considers this pattern their favorite either as it’s beautiful and fun to crochet.

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I Opened My Etsy Shop!!!

Congrats to me!  Now I can sell my crafts!  There will be lots of crocheted items such as scarves, shawls, blankets, and whatnot.  And when I finally get a hold of liquid leading, I’ll be starting the Gallery Glass stuff too!

Just look for “CraftingbyLora” to see my stuff.